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Cape Henry Lighthouse

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Address: 583 Atlantic Ave., Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23459
Phone Number: +1 757-422-9421
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Activities: Hiking
Description: Preservation Virginia acquired the Cape Henry Lighthouse in 1930 when...
Preservation Virginia acquired the Cape Henry Lighthouse in 1930 when Congress deeded the house and 1.77 Acres of land to the organization in order to preserve it and make it accessible to the public. Over the years lighthouse and its surroundings have been restored including repairing the lantern after damage from Hurricane Barbara in 1953, repairing the damaged original Aquia sandstone and restoring the surrounding dunes. Today, visitors to the Cape Henry Lighthouse can climb to the top of the tower to enjoy spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean.
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Awesome site seeing

My wife and I visited the the light house. Now we can say we have been to the first light house built in the US. I would recommend everyone visiting VA beach to go.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

My wife and I visited the the light house. Now we can say we have been to the first light house built in the US. I would recommend everyone visiting VA beach to go.

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Colby, Kansas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Very interesting; first place the English settlers set foot on while looking for a more permanent place. Very small park and it is on a military base, so you will have your vehicle checked if you do not have military pass. There are markers and monuments to the sailors and priest that were on that first voyage. The lighthouse itself... More 

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Cranston, Rhode Island
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Took forever to go through the Military clearance gate to get here. Full car search, be prepared with license, registration, insurance, hood open, gate open, all doors open, get out of the vehicle etc.. Kind of unnerving if you do not have everything ready...... But The history and construction of the light house is most interesting. It is always fun... More 

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Albany, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

cannot miss this gem even tho my seniors did go up the 100 stairs we enjoyed the gift shop and all the scenery around, beautiful area , everything and are is soo clean, we also saw the BASE housing , schools

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Alma, Arkansas
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83 reviews 83 reviews
22 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The climb to the top was easier than I expected and well worth it for the view! $8 entry fee was money well spent. Spiral staircase probably not a good idea for anyone with bad knees though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I absolutely loved this place. I was so impressed with the lighthouse and the shop. The people that work there are so friendly and helpful. I would totally suggest taking the whole family here!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Just ticking off the bucket list, but worth the visit for history's sake. It is hot in there late afternoon so try to go early

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Randleman, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We had purchased a Groupon for half price to this area. After being cleared by the military we went to the lighthouse and climbed the steps to the base of this historic place. We were fortunate as there was a lady interpreter who told our small group all about the lighthouse and the area. We then climbed to the top.... More 

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Liberty, New York
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79 reviews 79 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

WE went here to see the light house, which by the way, there are two of. Just be prepared, the lighthouses are on a military base and you must stop and show picture ID and they will also search your vehicle. They are all very friendly and as long as you don't cause a problem, you will enjoy the lighthouse.

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Adelaide
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37 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This lighthouse is located on an active military, therefore there is stict security to enter. Some reviews painted a negative side to this procedure. The process was thorough but not time consuming. The staff at the lighthouse are friendly. Entry fee of $8 per person. The climb is an easy one. The views are lovely.

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